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Quit Smoking to Decrease the Chances of Implant Failure

One of the most important developments in the modern dentistry is the unquestionable ability to replace a missing tooth using titanium implant placed directly in your jaw. These implants can also stabilize a moving denture and provide a successful alternative to numerous dental restorative issues.


Smoking has its unique influence on your oral health. It heightens the risk of periodontal disease, root caries, peri-implantitis, oral precancerous and cancerous lesions. For your implants to work perfectly, there must be an amalgamation of various factors including the right sugar level, great prosthesis, proper maintenance, and other factors.


If you smoke, you increase the risk of dental implant failure. A study carried out recently on people using implants revealed that twice as many of the implant failure occurred in patients who smoke than non-smokers. Therefore, if you’re a smoker, you can enhance your chances of implant success by quitting the habit.


Nicotine, a large chemical component of tobacco is the primary culprit of this increased risk. In addition to its impact on the pleasure part of your brain, nicotine restricts the small blood vessels that are numerous in your skin and mouth, resulting in less blood flow. That means your mouth has fewer antibodies and other substances necessary in fighting infections and aiding the healing process of traumatized tissues.


Smoking habits also cause reduced saliva flow; smokers have a heightened risk of dental diseases. Since their mouths have fewer antibodies due to the restricted blood flow, they respond slower to treatments than non-smokers. This becomes worse if the gum tissue around your implant is infected as it can result in a catastrophic failure. A slower rate of healing also affects the post-surgery period especially when the bone cells in your jaw are still growing and attaching to the implant surface to form a strong bond.


To reduce the probability of implant failure, a professional Barrie dentist argues that you should quit smoking habits before you undergo the implant procedure. Even if you can’t quit smoking completely, at least stop it a week before you undergo surgery and two weeks after treatment. It’s also important to practice oral hygiene – practice brushing and flossing to reduce the occurrence of dental disease. You should also visit your dentist Barrie regularly for implant maintenance and overall dental checkups.


While smoking is a risk factor for dental implant failure, it’s not considered as an absolute contradiction. If you have scheduled an implant treatment with your dentist, your smoking history should be obtained first. Let the dentist know how long you have been smoking, the intensity, and your current status of smoking. Based on this information, the clinician can decide whether or not to start the dental implant treatment in high-risk cases.


Taking the steps discussed in this article will significantly increase your chance of being among the people who continue to enjoy the benefits and success of dental implants for many decades. If you don’t smoke and you intend to start dental implants treatment, you have a high chance of successfully using the implant for many years.

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J Cave
J Cave
12:59 09 Jul 18
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15:28 31 May 18
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